Global demand for plastic pipe is projected to rise 8.5 percent annually through 2017 to 11.2 billion meters. Construction related applications will drive growth in all global regions, with North America and the Asia/Pacific region leading gains. HDPE pipe will take market share from dominant PVC pipe in a variety of construction uses.
This study analyzes the 7.5 billion meter world plastic pipe industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market (e.g., residential construction, nonresidential construction, nonbuilding construction), resin (e.g., PVC, HDPE), world region, and for 24 major countries.
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 38 industry competitors such as Mexichem, JM Eagle, and Sekisui Chemical.
World demand to increase 6.2% annually through 2017
Global demand for plastic pipe is forecast to rise 6.2 percent annually through 2017 to 23 million metric tons, improving significantly from growth recorded between 2007 and 2012. Construction related pipe applications will offer the most impetus for growth across the board. In particular, a recovering US construction industry will drive demand gains. Plastic pipe will continue to supplant competing materials (e.g., steel, copper, ductile iron) in many construction applications due to its low cost, installation ease, and performance advantages.
PVC continues as most widely used resin
Across all years polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the leader, accounting for 55 percent of all plastic pipe demand. Nearly all end users utilize PVC to some degree. Going forward, however, high density polyethylene (HDPE) is expected to take market share away from PVC in potable water distribution applications as crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) becomes more common in many regional markets. In addition, demand for fiberglass, which has historically been limited based on its high price, is beginning to be used in a wider array of water and wastewater settings.
Demand gains in terms of weight will benefit from plastics’ increased acceptance in larger diameters. The majority of large diameter plastic pipe is found in infrastructure applications, such as potable water transmission and sewer and drainage networks. In many developed countries, decaying infrastructures will drive sales gains. As replacement activity picks up, many countries will utilize plastic pipe primarily because of its lower costs and ease of installation. Among developing nations, investment in establishing local water and wastewater infrastructures will stimulate demand.
Growth in manufacturing, oil/gas industry to benefit plastic pipe demand
While plastic is not as widely utilized in the oil and gas market, improvements in resin formulations have enabled plastic (particularly HDPE and fiberglass) to increase its market share in recent years. In process manufacturing applications, HDPE’s greater flexibility has resulted in its increased usage. Fiberglass is utilized in the process manufacturing market when particularly hazardous materials are present. Going forward, demand is expected to benefit from gains in manufacturing output and growth in crude oil and natural gas production and consumption, including increases in exploratory, well drilling and pipeline construction activity.
Profiles for 37 competitors in the global industry such as Advanced Drainage Systems, China Liansu, Future Pipe Industries, Formosa Plastics, JM Eagle, Mexichem, and Sekisui Chemical
This comprehensive study analyzes the world plastic pipe industry by product and market. Historical data for 2002, 2007, and 2012 and forecasts for the years 2017 and 2022 are provided. The term “demand” refers to apparent consumption and is defined as production (also referred to as “output,” “shipments,” or “supply”) from a country’s indigenous manufacturing facilities plus imports minus exports. Demand is used interchangeably with terms such as “market,” “sales,” and “consumption.” Data for plastic pipe are presented in thousands of metric tons (weight of the entire pipe) and millions of meters, while demand for pipe is presented in millions of meters. The primary market for pipe is the construction sector, which includes conduit; drain, waste, and vent; heating; potable water; and sewer and drainage applications. Other markets include the agriculture market, the industrial sector -- which encompasses a variety of process manufacturing industries, including chemicals, food processing, pulp and paper, primary metals, and petroleum refining -- the oil and gas industry, and the structural and mechanical market.
In addition to providing a market outlook, the study identifies and profiles the major industry participants and discusses the key strategic competitive variables. The entire report is framed within the world plastic pipe industry’s economic and market environments. World plastic pipe market share data presented in the “Industry Structure” section are estimated based on consultation with multiple sources.
Data on global plastic pipe demand are derived from differing sources and developed from statistical relationships. Variations are commonplace in this type of international reporting and, consequently, data presented in this study are historically consistent but may differ from other sources. Variances may occur because of definitional differences, undistributed exports, inventory accumulations, and goods-in-transit. Total world plastic pipe imports and exports have been assumed to balance in any given year. Tabular details may not always add to totals due to rounding. All dollar values cited for the industry are at the basic manufacturers’ level.